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More Stories from the July 1, 2006 issue

  1. Anthropology

    Mexican find reveals ancient dental work

    A 4,500-year-old human skeleton found in Mexico represents the earliest instance in the Americas of intentionally modified teeth, apparently to create space for a ceremonial mouthpiece.

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  2. Cells in bloodstream don’t refill ovaries

    Contrary to a report published last year, cells that circulate in a female mammal's blood don't seem to restock its egg supplies.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    Pregnancy risk from blood pressure drugs?

    Babies exposed in the first trimester of their mother's pregnancy to blood pressure drugs called ACE inhibitors are at an increased risk of birth defects.

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  4. Humans

    With permission to nap, doctors stay more alert

    Allowing doctors-in-training who are on call to hand off to another doctor the pager that summons them to the next patient increases the amount of sleep they get and reduces their fatigue.

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  5. Tech

    Humanlike touch from chemical film

    A nanoparticle-laden, pressure-detecting membrane feels textures with about the same sensitivity as human skin.

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  6. Mammalian ear cells can regenerate

    The cells responsible for hearing in mammals may be capable of regeneration, just as those of birds and other vertebrates are.

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  7. Materials Science

    Seeing the light

    Researchers have developed a smart petri dish that signals cell death with intense light.

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  8. Tech

    Blinding spies’ digital eyes

    To prevent unauthorized picture taking, an automated antispy system spots digital cameras and zaps them with confounding flashes of light.

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  9. Gay Males’ Sibling Link: Men’s homosexuality tied to having older brothers

    Birth order may steer some men toward homosexuality in a process that perhaps begins before birth.

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  10. Paleontology

    Sight for ‘Saur Eyes: T. rex vision was among nature’s best

    A study of dinosaur eyes finds that Tyrannosaurus rex had very sophisticated vision that may have helped its predatory abilities.

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  11. Tech

    Hot Prospect: Simple burner keeps pollution counts down

    A new type of combustion chamber reduces pollution with less complexity and a safer, more reliable design.

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  12. Getting Back at Celiac: Enzyme treatment might stem wheat intolerance

    A combination of two enzymes could eventually treat celiac disease, an inherited digestive disorder.

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  13. Health & Medicine

    Measuring Stick: Spinal tap test tracks Alzheimer’s compound

    A new test is the first to measure production and clearance of amyloid-beta in the cerebrospinal fluid of people, enabling scientists to track this Alzheimer's disease peptide.

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  14. Astronomy

    Planet-making disk has a banana split

    Two banana-shaped arcs of gas and dust face each other within a newly discovered planet-forming disk that surrounds a young, nearby star.

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  15. Chemistry

    Sweet Synthesis: Fructose product could replace chemicals from oil

    A new study describes the efficient use of fructose toward making a renewable building block for many useful chemicals.

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  16. Health & Medicine

    Lavender Revolution: Plant essences linked to enlarged breasts in boys

    Two natural ingredients in many hair- and skin-care products act like a female sex hormone and can cause abnormal breast development in boys.

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  17. Health & Medicine

    A Vexing Enigma

    While no drug or lab test is approved to treat or diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome, new research into the biology of the disorder may begin to shed light on the problem.

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  18. Tech

    Pumping Alloy

    A new way to power artificial muscles improves the prospects for making lifelike humanoid robots and prosthetic limbs.

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  19. Astronomy

    Galactic de Gustibus

    About 13 billion years after its birth, our galaxy is still packing on the stars.

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  20. Humans

    Letters from the July 1, 2006, issue of Science News

    Looking into the future Your article states that farsightedness will be treated with these new electric lenses (“Switch-a-Vision: Electric spectacles could aid aging eyes,” SN: 4/22/06, p. 243). With some tweaking, could nearsightedness and astigmatism be treated as well? Could binoculars, telescopes, and microscopes use this technology? Roger CurnowGrand Rapids, Mich. Yes and yes, says […]

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